What a morning! More than 120 food and beverage, packaging, brand and marketing industry specialists came together at the annual Food & Drink Business + PKN LIVE event in Melbourne today.

Mars Wrigley Australia, Toll Group and Charter Hall have announced a a seven-year partnership to build and manage a state-of-the-art warehouse in west Melbourne. It will house up to 49,000 pallets - enough space to store 733,824,000 Mars Bars.

What started as a trip to the US looking for products to import ended up as a hugely successful export business. Doris Prodanovic talks with Ron Rodda from The Good Crisp Company.

When Australian sugar manufacturer CSR wanted to create a sugar alternative, it looked to nature. CSR marketing manager Mel Clayton talked to Food & Drink Business about the product’s development.

Geelong-based chocolate manufacturer Freckleberry has entered voluntary administration, with avisory firm Cor Cordis appointed as the administrators.

The Australian Meat Industry Council and China Meat Association have signed a memorandum of understanding to underline a commitment to collaboration and to “secure trade outcomes that are beneficial to all parties”.

Coca-Cola Amatil has opened a high-tech bottling line in Indonesia which will cut its plastics use by 1000 tonnes a year.

Alf and Nadia Taylor, founders of food processing and packaging solutions provider tna, have been honoured as members (AM) of the Order of Australia.

Meat supplier Andrews Meat Industries (AMI) will cut its energy consumption by 20 per cent with a solar installation at its Lidcombe facility in western Sydney.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of food processing systems and equipment, Heat and Control is at the forefront of market trends. Food & Drink Business asked its processing sales manager Greg Pyne what the company is seeing in the snacking segment.

Created by a quartet of wellbeing buffs, Chief Nutrition is aiming for global domination with its range of health bars. By Samantha Schelling.

Fonterra will expand its management team in early 2020, appointing Fraser Whineray to the newly created role of chief operating officer.

Caspak Australia and Caspak New Zealand have merged their brands and operations as of this month.

SPC Operations has announced it will increase its permanent workforce by as many as 40 people and reintroduce an apprenticeship program

Craft beer Kosciuszko Pale Ale has added thermochromatic ink to its new cans, which will change colour when the beer is at optimal temperature.